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Unregenerate!: Not quite bridging the regeneration gap,
This review is from: Unregenerate! (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
This is the seventieth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Sylvester McCoy as Seven and Bonnie Langford as Mel. There are 4 episodes, roughly 25-30 minutes each, complete with original theme music between each, and cliff hanger endings. Two episodes per disc on 2 discs.
Set just after the Doctor's troubles sixth regeneration into his seventh incarnation at the hands of the Rani, this was a good opportunity to do something a bit special and go a little bit into Seven's character and the reasons that he is like he is. Unfortunately this is a standard run around, with a lazy script that makes little sense at times. People who have made a Faustian pact with a mysterious stranger are being whisked away and experimented upon, and while I could understand what was being done to them I could not for the life of me work out why. It made no sense. The Doctor s saved from certain madness by a rather improbable (even by Whoniverse standards) series of events and a major dues ex machina. It's lazy scripting that starts off with some good ideas (the doctor's madness, the Faustian pacts) but squanders them in an uninteresting tale.
McCoy and Langford do what they can, and both manage to shine. McCoy's depiction of madness is good, and Mel is once again a much better companion in audio than she was allowed to be on screen. Toby Longworth provides good support as the stolid Cabbie. Other than that there is not much to recommend this release. It promised mountains, but delivered molehills. 2 stars.